Taking in. Giving back.

April 9, 2018
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When we breathe, we breathe in and breathe out. If we choose only one or the other, the results are disastrous. The same principle applies to professional growth and development. Whether we are programmers, statisticians, teachers, students, or writers, we benefit from taking in and giving back. We "take in"

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SAS Global Forum 2018

April 6, 2018
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SAS Global Forum 2018

I’m excited because in a couple days I will fly to Denver for SAS Global Forum 2018, the biggest SAS conference of the year, attended by thousands. If you are coming, I hope you will attend the presentation that Lora Delwiche and I have.  It is “SAS Studio: A New Way to Program in...
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A Little Advice: How to Be a Top SAS Programmer

April 6, 2018
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A Little Advice: How to Be a Top SAS Programmer

Recently I was honored to be interviewed by Mamadou Dakouo for his company DataSteps.   I was asked three questions: How did I learn SAS? What advice do I have for someone who wants to become a “top SAS programmer?” What is my favorite SAS procedure? My answers were In graduate school Be a...
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Did attempted border crossings really ‘surge’ in March?

April 6, 2018
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During the past few days, several news outlets told us that the number of illegal border crossings 'surged' in March 2018. This is a topic that interests me, therefore I wanted to see if the data supported what the news was claiming... Trump's desire to secure the US borders is

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The Best Job in America

April 5, 2018
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According to Glassdoor, data scientist tops the list of the 50 Best Jobs in America. The rankings are determined by combining three factors: number of job openings, salary and overall job satisfaction rating. With a median base salary of $110,000, an a...
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SAS functions to encode and decode data for the Web

April 4, 2018
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SAS functions to encode and decode data for the Web

Sir Tim Berners-Lee is famous for inventing the World Wide Web and for the construction of URLs -- a piece of syntax that every 8-year-old is now familiar with. According to the lore, when Sir Tim invented URLs he did not imagine that Internet surfers of all ages and backgrounds

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100+ presentations about data visualization at SAS Global Forum!

April 4, 2018
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Being the Graph Guy, I wanted to know about all the "data visualization" presentations at the upcoming SAS Global Forum 2018 conference. I tried going through the official interface to search for such sessions, but it was difficult (impossible?) to kno...
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Jedi SAS Tricks: Transwarp Processing with DS2 in SAS® Viya®

April 4, 2018
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When speed is required at scale, it's hard to beat parallel processing data in memory with DS2 and SAS® Viya® with the amazing Cloud Analytic Services (CAS)! The post Jedi SAS Tricks: Transwarp Processing with DS2 in SAS® Viya® appeared first on SAS ...
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Distance correlation

April 4, 2018
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Distance correlation

Correlation is a statistic that measures how closely two variables are related to each other. The most popular definition of correlation is the Pearson product-moment correlation, which is a measurement of the linear relationship between two variables. Many textbooks stress the linear nature of the Pearson correlation and emphasize that

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